Warehouse Manager

Date: 21-Apr-2021

Location: Mitchelstown, Ireland

Company: Ornua Co-operative Limited

Ornua is a dairy co-operative which sells dairy products on behalf of its Member Co-ops; Ireland’s dairy processors and, in turn, Irish dairy farmers. It is Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, exporting to 110 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Dublin, it has annualised sales of over €2.3 billion and a global team of 2,400 employees. Ornua operates from 10 business units worldwide, including 13 production facilities, and has sales and marketing teams working in-market across all four corners of the globe.


The Group is structured across two divisions: Ornua Foods and Ornua Ingredients.


Ornua Foods is responsible for the marketing and sales of Ornua’s consumer brands including Kerrygold, Dubliner, Pilgrims Choice, Forto and BEO. Markets are served by production facilities and in-market sales and marketing teams in Africa, Asia, Germany, Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, the Middle East and the US.


Ornua Ingredients is responsible for the procurement of Irish and non-Irish dairy products and for the sale of dairy ingredients to food manufacturing and foodservice customers across the world. Ornua Ingredients is also responsible for managing volatility through de-risking and trading strategies. The business is supported by production facilities in Saudi Arabia, Spain, the UK, the US and by in-market teams in Africa and the Middle East.


Growth for Good

Ornua is the home of Irish dairy. Our cooperative ethos is at the heart of who we are and how we do business.  Our global success would not be possible without the close collaboration, care, and commitment of our 2,400 strong team.  Ornua cares about building sustainable livelihoods for all our people, who in turn care about driving sustainable profits for our co-op members and the Irish dairy farming families we proudly represent. 


Ornua 2025 is our strategic plan that will help realise our vision for growth in the next five years. It outlines what we will do well, what we will do with the profits we generate, and what additional services we will provide to our members. We will be guided by 3 guiding principles; focus, simplicity and adding value to our volume and we will clearly define what market we will play in.


Together, we will grow for good – creating value for our Irish farming families and for our 2,400 strong, committed, and proud global team.


Kerrygold Park is Ornua’s state of the art manufacturing facility and centre of excellence for the Kerrygold Brand.  The role leads the warehouse team and is responsible for managing goods inwards, order fulfilment and goods outwards for the site. 




  • Develop warehouse strategy incorporating warehouse capacities, resources, equipment and future plant expansion needs
  • Own the freight and warehousing budget/forecasting process
  • Develop and implement meaningful warehouse KPIs and report same each day/week at relevant meetings
  • Responsible for all subcontractor activities, reviewing proposals and performance specifications.
  • Constantly looking for improvements and projects in the Warehouse to improve quality, service and cost
  • Plan day-to-day schedules to ensure the accurate and efficient execution of daily/weekly orders
  • Manage Goods Inwards, supervise order fulfilment and goods outwards
  • Coordination with Logistics and Transport administration with respect to deliveries to internal/external customers
  • Stock control for the area including cycle counts and stock counts
  • Management and motivation of Warehouse staff to ensure high performance and engaged team, - including cross training, holidays schedule & management of time & attendance system.
  • Liaise with other departments to ensure targets and order schedules are met
  • Ensure compliance with EH&S & Company policies & procedures including employment legislation
  • Ensure that productivity targets are achieved and that all warehouse processes are running smoothly
  • Modify & leverage IT support systems to optimize functionality and provide accurate reporting for key stakeholders
  • Mentoring and coaching of staff in best warehouse practices
  • Build relationships with all stakeholders of the business, i.e. Operations, Finance, Supply Chain, Quality, external warehouse and third-party logistics
  • Ensure any issues involving plant breakdowns , stock problems  or  product quality are dealt with promptly.
  • Become a super user of the automated processes within the warehouse.





  • Ability to drive performance, seeking root cause to business problems and design and deliver practical solutions to resolve.
  • Proven experience in managing a FMCG warehouse.
  • Experience of successfully leading a warehouse team.
  • Possess strong leadership, communication, planning, people leadership and organising skills.
  • Have a thorough understanding of all aspects of warehouse management.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of personal integrity and professionalism.
  • Exposure to and knowledge of Operational Excellence techniques
  • Demonstrated IT skills i.e ERP systems, Microsoft office applications
  • Familiar with internal controls set by Finance.
  • Demonstrated problem solver
  • Experience of managing projects from beginning to completion.
  • Drive change through personal actions, inspiring others to do the same.
  • A strong role model of the Ornua values and behaviours – with heart, with thought, with vision and with drive.
  • RIGOUR: Ensure excellence in own work applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.
  • FORWARD LOOKING: Leads others through change and contributes to competitive challenges and functional strategy plans.
  • OWNERSHIP: Clarifies accountabilities, overlaps, and gaps, and helps others remain motivated through difficult times.
  • WORKING TOGETHER: Creates and reinforces a collaborative culture across different functions

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